8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman” by Holly Beers

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After Christmas I’m back with my final reads for 2019 and this decade. I’ll be working on with the review that will be posted soon.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman by Dr. Holly Beers published by Inter Varsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering here.

“Paul, you insult me! Surely no educated man in Asia could believe such nonsense! You say that the one true god of the world has appointed this man Jesus as judge over all of us and that his resurrection is proof of this?”
Paul’s response was equally passionate. “Yes! And the appropriate response is repentance, which means giving up our own agendas and priorities and living as this god created us to live!”

“The tone of Paul’s response caught Anthia’s attention, though she missed the end of the sentence because she could no longer hear. “Sometimes our eyes cannot see what is true. The one true god of the world has seated Jesus at his right hand in the heavenly realms. Jesus is lord over . . .” As Eutaxia had explained, Paul didn’t sound angry or superior. He sounded . . . excited. Joyful”

“Iarine just smiled and touched her arm. Iarine smiled, a thoughtful look on her face. “Yes, I’ve heard about all of it, and I know Paul.” She paused. “We have joined the Way,” she said, looking at Anthia directly. “We are now part of
the group of people throughout the world who prepare for and participate in the true god’s rule. Our allegiance is with Jesus, who is this god in human form. Jesus comforts, heals, restores,
and makes it possible for people of different tribes and peoples to come together as brothers and sisters.” She paused again, then added, “He also judges, as the true sovereign should.”

“Wait,” Linus insisted. “This Jesus is the first new human? I thought he was a god. Didn’t Paul say that he is healing only through the name and power of Jesus?”“He is both, apparently,” Zotike answered, and her husband nodded from his place next to her. “We’re not sure if Jesus is like the emperor, or if his ‘man-ness’ and ‘god-ness’ work differently,” she added.”

“When I was finally close enough, I
told him about Euxinus. I begged him to heal our son, and told him that while I couldn’t pay him, I would be willing to trade services at our fullery if he needed anything laundered.” Lampo
shook his head in disbelief. “Paul didn’t want money. He said that he isn’t healing in his own power; he is healing in the name of a man named Jesus, and Jesus heals as a demonstration of the kind of lord he is. He is a ruler who heals and restores; those are the
priorities of his kingdom.”

“The true god of the world,” declared Paul, “is the one who created all things, including humans. That god sent Jesus as the new man to show all of us how to truly live, and those who commit to Jesus and honor him with their lives will be raised into resurrected bodies as he was.”

“Priscilla took advantage of the silence, adding quickly, “Friends, I don’t want us to lose sight of the bigger picture. Jesus
is the true savior, the true lord, and these healings and exorcisms are a demonstration of that. He calls us to respond and commit to his lordship with our lives.”

““How?” Anthia questioned. “How does Jesus create a new humanity and unity among people?” “Paul talked a lot about the peace and reconciliation that Jesus
brings, peace that overcomes hostility between different peoples.” 

The Quotable Round-Up #27

Enjoy these awesome quotes from the book “Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission”  by authors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis:

 

“We have become outsiders just as Jesus was an outsider. We are marginal in our culture because Jesus is marginal. The cross is the ulti­mate expression of marginalization and to follow him is to take up our cross daily. It is daily to experience marginalization and hostility. Being on the margins is normal Christian experience.”–Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The doctrine of election, God’s choice of us, is never intended as an indulgence. Its purpose is always mission.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The mes­sage of the Old Testament is the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. Jesus sets the pattern: suffering followed by glory. We suffer hostility and marginalization just as he did. Indeed Jesus suffered the ultimate marginalization: he was pushed out of the world onto the cross.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

 

“Trying to match the world begs the question, If the church is like the world then why bother with the church? The more we become like the world, the less we have to offer. Certainly we want to avoid unnecessary offense and an off-putting experience, but what will draw people to church is always going to be what is different about us.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The Christian community demonstrates the effectiveness of the gospel. We are the living proof that the gospel is not an empty word but a powerful word that takes men and women who are lovers of self and transforms them by grace through the Spirit into people who love God and others.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The church may never outperform TV shows and music videos, but there is nothing like the community life of the church. There is nowhere else where diverse people come together in the same way. There is nowhere else where broken people find a home. There is nowhere else where grace is experienced and God is present by his Spirit.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

 

Book Review: Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

This book is a sort of sequel to “Total Church” with the same authors. This is a sort of “the rubber meets the road” kind of book. Picking up this book you’ll dive immediately to the subject. Not that you need to get “Total Church” to understand this (which I haven’t read also) but as you can see this book can be categorized with those “church engaging the culture” books that are already out in the market. Yet this book even if you read similar stuff does have some great insights and some gems in it. This book uses 2 Peter as main text drawing some principles.

The book opens with a discussion of Christians are in the marginalized in society and culture. Along with that are other things to consider as a church reaches out in this culture were tackled in the first chapter. The rest of the chapters carry Chapter 1 to further emphasize the role of the church, the challenge and the response to a culture we once knew. This is a short book but straight to the point, engaging and practical. The book concludes with the challenge for Christians to reach out despite of how the world treats us, live and breathe the gospel every day, reinforce us through Scriptures who we are in the eyes of God and how to live beyond mediocre Christianity.

My verdict 3 out of 5.

Crossway has provided a complimentary copy of this book through the Blog Review Program.

Mission Minded: Delighting Grace Interviews Trent Rollings of SEND Philippines

God calls all Christians to be sowers of His precious gospel to all nations. This of course is not an easy task. We need to count the cost. But the reward outweights the cost. Our ultimate reward: a glorified God through missions. DG got hold of Trent Rollings to talk about mission, culture and SEND Philippines.

Delighting Grace: Hi Trent…so why here in the Philippines? What did you find in the country that lead you to come here?

Trent Rollings: Nitoy, thanks so much for this opportunity to share my story. My first opportunity to come to the Philippines was back in 2005 on a short-term missions team. To be honest, before that trip I knew very little about the Philippines and really had no desire to even visit Asia or to become involved in long-term missions. At that time I had just graduated and just wanted to go on short-term missions in Africa. God had other plans, however, and so my team was sent to the Philippines instead.

We ended up staying in the Philippines for 2 months travelling throughout Luzon putting on evangelistic events, and to my surprise I loved it here. It was also on that trip that I felt a calling for me to be in long-term missions, although I didn’t know that I would eventually return here. It was only during a second short-term trip to the Philippines 2 years later also for missions that I really heard the calling to come back to the Philippines as long-term missionary (minimum 4-year term).

Delighting Grace: As we talk over Facebook and Twitter, you really know some Tagalog, which is so cool.So how does language barrier affect missions to other foreign country? How long do you have to adjust also interms of the culture?

Trent Rollings: Haha ya, I was required by SEND to learn Tagalog when I arrived. In fact, all of our long-term missionaries are required to spend one to two years learning the local language and culture once they arrive in the country where they will serve. I found this time really challenging. It’s difficult to learn a new culture and language. It is like learning how to live in a whole new world. Looking back, however, I was so thankful for the time to settle in and just focus on the language and culture first instead of having to jump right in to ministry.

Language and cultural barriers can have a huge affect on your mission in another country. If you don’t take the time to learn the local culture and language you will have a hard time building deep relationships which could affect the opportunities you have to disciple people into a relationship with Jesus. Not learning the language and culture can also communicate to the people your are ministering among that in order for them to become a Christian they need to adopt your culture and way of life, which is simply not true. This is why SEND and many other organizations wants their missionaries to learn the language first before diving in to ministry. This principal is modelled after Jesus’ ministry where he gave up heaven and lived life as one of us on earth (Philippians 2:5-8.)

Delighting Grace: What are the common excuse why Pinoy Christians don’t consider missions? And how do you address them?

Trent Rollings: There are a lot of barriers keeping Christians from getting involved in missions. Two common barriers to missions for Filipinos are family responsibilities and the illusion that the Filipino church does not have enough money to support missionaries.

There are a number of different ways that we mobilizers address these issues. It is important to acknowledge the challenges that come with going on missions as well as the sacrifices that missionaries have to make to bring the gospel to unreached people groups. Luke 14 talks about the cost of being a disciple and the importance of counting that cost. When it comes to missions, you will have to leave your mother, father, sister, brother, friends and start a new life in a different part of the world. This is extremely difficult and should not be taken lightly. In Luke 14 it says that a disciple must love and be committed to God in such a way that his love for his family in contrast to his/her love for God looks like hate. As I was preparing to leave my family and friends I realized how short this life really is when we compare it to eternity. I felt God saying that I am in a season right now to work hard, make sacrifices, and be away from family and friends in order to further his Kingdom. Once this life is over, we will enter an eternity where we never have to say goodbye and when sacrifices made are a distant memory.

When it comes to whether or not the Filipino church has enough money to support missions, the fact is, there is absolutely enough money in the Philippines to support a great amount of missionaries! Now true, there are some very poor churches here, but there are also some very rich churches. If believers start to sow into missions like we are called to do, we could send out so many more fully supported missionaries. The way that we address this is to raise more awareness that every believer is called to be sacraficially involved in missions to the ends of the earth. If God’s will is for you to stay in the Philippines and to work, you are called to be a SENDer and to sacrificially invest your money into the Kingdom in support of missionaries and missions projects.

So basically, the biggest hindrance to missions is the price you have to pay to further God’s Kingdom. It’s important that we mobilizers are open and honest about the costs and sacrifices that need to be made but it is also equally important to help people realize that they are not doing this on their own strength and resources but on God’s. I have seen time and time again that when times have gotten difficult for me, God sustains and blesses abundantly in the midst of challenging times. So much so that I often hear missionaries say that they wouldn’t want to do anything else and that their years in missions have been the best years of their lives. In fact this reality is Biblical as seen in Mark 10:29-30:

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as muchAA)” style=”font-weight:bold;vertical-align:top”> in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to comeAB)” style=”font-weight:bold;vertical-align:top”> eternal life.”

Delighting Grace: As you already know the Philippines is a “Christian country” although the biblical one came late. So how can you share Jesus to a country that already knows “Jesus died on the cross for your sin” or “all you need is faith”?

Trent Rollings: This is a challenge that I have faced many times when it comes to sharing the gospel. It is important to first and foremost realize that it is the Holy Spirit who is responsible for working in the hearts of those we are sharing the gospel to. We cannot, by our own power, help people to see the differences between just following a list of do’s and don’ts and having a real relationship with their creator.

For me, when I share Jesus, I try to first build bridges between myself and the person by showing the similarities between Christianity and Catholicism. Both beliefs are talking about Jesus, both look to the Bible as truth. After acknowledging the similarities, I then point out the differences. The main thing to realize with Catholicism is that those who believe it are knowingly or unknowingly living under the weight of guilt and shame and the pressure to somehow pay for the blessings they receive or God’s love. The truth that we cannot possibly pay for our sins, no matter how hard we try can be devastating and leave a person feeling helpless, until you point to a better way, Jesus. Sharing with them that he is the one who already paid for their sins and that they just need to believe this and accept his free gift of forgiveness rather than work and try to be good enough is often received as a much desired freedom.

Regardless of who you are sharing with, it is important to remember that there is no one model of sharing the gospel that fits for everyone. It is important to love the person where they are at and to share the gospel in a way that connects with that individual person and their needs.

Delighting Grace: How do you prepare for your speaking engagement?

Trent Rollings: I try not to take too many speaking engagements on short notice. I find it very valuable to think about messages that I will give over a few weeks. Once I know that I am speaking on a topic, my awareness is heightened and so when I hear about something that might pertain to the topic/passage I am speaking on, I will lock on to that. That is often how I get illustrations and message ideas.

For me, the biggest factor that affects whether or not I am an effective speaker and preacher of God’s word is my own intimacy with God first. When I have an upcoming speaking engagement that I am preparing for, I first do a heart check on myself and ensure that I am walking in tune with the Holy Spirit and am delighting myself in the Lord.

Delighting Grace: What’s the most memorable speaking engagement you had here?

Trent Rollings: Probably my speaking engagements at Messiah College in Ortigas Center have been the most memorable for me. The energy, enthusiasm, and receptiveness of the students always makes speaking there enjoyable and very worthwhile. For a speaker, an active and engaged audience is always a blessing.

Delighting Grace: What is SEND? How did you get involved in the organization?

Trent Rollings: SEND International is a church planting organization that focuses specifically on starting churches among unreached people groups (people groups with less than 2% believers.) SEND was started in the Philippines back in 1945 and was involved in planting many churches and starting organizations and schools in the Philippines. In 2009, we started looking at the Philippines as a missionary “sending” country rather than a “receiving” country. Now, our ministry here in the Philippines is mainly focused on recruiting, training, and sending out Filipinos as missionaries to Asia, Europe, and North America.

I first came into contact with SEND here in the Philippines back in 2005 when I came to the Philippines as a short-termer.
SEND was the organization that hosted our team. I really felt like SEND was a good fit for me and I really connected with their vision for their ministry. When I felt God calling me back to the Philippines for long-term missions, SEND was naturally the first organization that I considered joining and God opened the door for that to happen.

Delighting Grace: Wow thank you for your time Bro. Trent for this insightful interview. Please invite us in your blog, website and of course SEND. What can we expect in your ministry?

Trent Rollings: Yes, please feel free to check out my blog at http://www.trentrollings.net where I blog on topics relating to the church, leadership, and missions.

I also encourage everyone reading this, that if you are a believer you DO have a calling to be involved in missions. The Great Commission, Matthew 28:19-20 is directed to all believers. There are many ways to be involved in missions, not necessarily just by going to another country. If you would like to find out the opportunities for you to get involved in missions, please feel free to check out SEND’s website at http://www.pscsend.org. Myself or one of our other missions representatives would love to talk with you and pray with you about your calling to missions and how to live that out. We have many opportunities for you to be involved in short or long-term missions as well as for you to support our current missionaries.

Pinoy Christians, Do You Read? Part 1

. You might have heard it on TV or read it online about the survey conducted by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) last 2012. It’s “The 2012 NBDB Readership Survey” which, according to their official publication Bookwatch, “is the most comprehensive study on the reading habits of the Filipino adults” (Bookwatch July-December 2012 pg. 10). So in this post we will look at some interesting stats on the said survey and I’ll give my opinion on this with of course a Christian perspective. And as we go along I would like to address the Filipino Christians (me included) on various issues that will I would raise.

According to the survey, 88% or 49.2 million Filipino adult in the country reads. It is a sad (and continuing) decline from 92% in 2007 and 94% in 2003 (on the same survey conducted in those year). So Filipinos are loosing the habit of reading. Reading is the most indispensable tool in learning. Many leaders and influential people that change the world are readers. Do you want to lead? Then read! After all its not all about power, experience and resource we empower ourselves but also accumulating knowledge that will comes from reading. If this thread will continue expect that it will really affect us.

Christians how’s your reading habit? Does your reading confined only on devotional time or is the time allotted for such activity consumed by Facebook or Twitter? You might have some valid reason not to read but giving just a little minute of it everyday helps you in your Christian life. Another thing, are you helping other Christians read? Encouraging members of the church do help not just to furnish his comprehension on a language or to acquire certain skills but to elevate our spiritual growth. Inspire your brothers and sisters in Christ to love books.